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  1. JT
    JT July 6, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    I think the government, international development and NGOs must start focusing and diverting resources to address the root cause of the problem. They focus more on treating the problem but not the cause. I believe strongly in empowering people economically. The modern cash (money) society has put a lot of pressure on the daily lives of the people. If people are economically empowered, there will be a dramatic drop in most social problems. Example, if a woman is economically empowered she will not demand more from her husband. Some domestic violence erupted when women argue with their male partner for money. If they can make money for themselves there will minimal domestic violence.

  2. AJ Lambo (PNG - Insight)
    AJ Lambo (PNG - Insight) November 2, 2014 at 3:23 am

    I do agree with Dame Kidu. Woman in politics has done a 2-steps back. During her time there was talk about creating seats for 22 woman reps. This was received with mixed feelings, yet there was good support from male MPs.

    The current parliament has three sitting female MPs. The situation for woman and girls may have stayed the same. But, the situation for woman leaders is NOT represented well by those three women MPs, don’t you think?

    Those three woman leaders CAN change public opinion on woman leaders in the country. But they have failed miserably in this regard.

    I still have lots of respect for Dame Kidu. She showed how a woman can make a difference. She topped her career off with being the only opposition leader and the only member of the opposition. She stood against the idiocy of males. She is forever to be remembered as the one woman opposition.

    PNG needs woman like her.

  3. Anthony Swan
    Anthony Swan October 29, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Thank you for this interesting piece, particularly on the need to find culturally appropriate ways to improve gender equality in PNG. You mention the need for girls to see more women in decision-making positions. Indeed, an interesting finding from our work on service delivery in PNG (PEPE Project) is that the share of female teachers (based on Head Teachers and Grade 5 teachers) has doubled over the last decade; there are now more female Grade 5 teachers than male. Hopefully this improvement will bring about positive change in itself but I wonder if it could be leveraged more. Teachers are educated, large in number (23,000 in primary schools), widely dispersed throughout the country, and now strongly represented by women. Could the school curriculum incorporate more discussion and debate on societal change, cultural values, and their impact on the lives of mothers, sisters, and daughters? Could schools be supported to host events which bring the local community together to discuss these issues and raise awareness?

  4. Judy Atkinson
    Judy Atkinson October 29, 2014 at 10:06 am

    This is an insightful and important presentation by Dame Carol. I was recently in PNG. Have been working from the ground up, and a comment was sent to me by the International Red Cross reflecting much NGO work in PNG: “It was interesting to see the contrast in meeting someone like yourself working at ground level to enact change vs the ‘large agencies’ who are also trying to enact change. You seem to have a small footprint but big results as opposed to other international agencies that appear to have a large presence / budget but much smaller everyday effect on assisting those coping with sexual and other gender based violence.” As an Aboriginal woman I work from a cultural base. Outside others don’t get it.

    1. carolkidu48@gmail.com
      carolkidu48@gmail.com August 1, 2015 at 4:57 am

      Hi Judy

      I tend not to look on the internet so have only just seen this. I heard often of your excellent work when you came to PNG. Would love to me you in the future.

      Carol Kidu

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